Smiling is essential to a sense of well-being and happiness! Research shows that a smile can communicate JOY to your brain. How does it work?  Your brain communicates with your cranial muscles to produce your smile.  When the smiling muscles in your face contract, a message gets sent to your brain that you are happy – amazingly, even if you are not truly experiencing happiness in that moment.  So – even a fake smile can produce feelings of joy. Smiling can even give us the same positive feelings as exercising!

Have you ever heard the saying, “fake it ‘til you make it”?  So, the lesson is simple.  Even if you are feeling down or not in the mood in that moment, a smile – whether genuine or forced – can help you lighten it up and feel better!